Dr. Kim’s Blog

Dr. Kim Okamura Welcome to my blog! This blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE. Happy reading!
If this is your first time getting botox, or you’re just beginning to flirt with the idea of getting botox, this article includes everything you need to know for what to expect during that first treatment. This aesthetic and non-invasive treatment continues to increase in popularity because it gives patients exactly what they’re in search of - results! Botox is safe as long as it is injected properly. Botox is botulinum toxin, a protein that has been purified for medical use. The reason you may have heard botox referred to as a toxin, is because of the way it halts muscle movement where it is injected, but don’t look away from this treatment because of the word toxic on the label - botox is effective and it is safe to use. Because it is a non-surgical treatment, botox has far fewer risks than many other treatments for sagging or wrinkled skin. The number ...
If you spent most of 2017 with ongoing dental issues, you’re probably pretty motivated to make sure you’re heading into the new year with a healthy smile that you can keep as maintained as possible to avoid any repeat issues. Taking care of your teeth today will preserve them for tomorrow. Sound easier said than done? We’re here to help make it happen! Why Oral Health Matters We all have a tendency of taking our teeth for granted because they’re always there for us, but keeping your pearly whites in top shape does more for your overall health than you might think. Giving your grin a little extra attention this new year will help you in other areas of your health too including: Your Overall Health Keeping gum disease at bay could also lower your risks of developing other connected health problems like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s and even some cancers. Staying Confident Having a ...
The end of the year is full of holiday celebrations, and usually it’s full of delicious food and treats too. If the fear of sending your kids into a sugar-induced coma has you avoiding holiday get togethers, you’re not alone. Change your family’s outlook on what classifies as a holiday treat by swapping out the sugar-filled snacks for equally festive, but healthier alternatives. Check out our healthy holiday treat ideas for some inspiration! Healthy Eating That Gets Kids Excited It’s not always easy to get kids excited about healthy eating, but there are a few tricks to get them interested in more nutrient-rich options that change the way they view “healthy” foods. Lead By Example. Changing your kids' eating habits begins with you. Be a role model for your little one’s and let them see you reaching for the healthy snacks when you’re searching for a tasty treat. Your kids are more ...
You read that correctly - that gummy smile you’ve been self conscious about for so many years can be corrected without having to go under the knife! Gummy smile is a term used when a person’s smile shows an excessive display of gum tissue, or any amount of tissue over three to four millimeters. Some people can feel extremely self-conscious about a gummy smile, but feel helpless against gums showing when they grin. In the past, surgery was the main treatment option, but with today’s changing technology, many patients are being offered a quick and effective new treatment. Why Does My Smile Show My Gums? There’s a range of reasons why your smile might look more gummy when compared to others. Determining the underlying cause for your gummy smile will help your dentist dictate the best treatment option. The most common reasons for a gummy smile include: A short upper lip caused ...
We all age in different ways - and our teeth are no different. As the years pass, our pearly whites need slightly different types of care, and there are new concerns to watch out for. Are you aware of what your smile needs from you? The simplest way to stay in touch with your oral health is to schedule routine exams every six months. But the way that you treat your teeth and gums in between these appointments is what dictates the state of your health when you visit the office. If you’re over the age of 60, the tips below might prove especially beneficial as you carry out your home care. Unsure about a change you’ve noticed in your mouth? Get in touch today to put any worries to rest. Common Dental Problems for Seniors (And Their Solutions) Dry mouth - If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, the oral environment isn’t ...
Your toothbrush is on its last legs - the bristles are splayed side to side, and the blue indicator stripe has all but disappeared. So do you just grab another regular toothbrush from the drugstore, or is it time for something more advanced? If you've never used an electric toothbrush, you probably have some questions about whether it's something you should try out. And before you randomly grab a brush, it's worth exploring the answers. Check in with Dr. Okamura at your next exam for personalized recommendations - and start doing some research at home with the help of our post below. Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes: Pros and Cons We'll spoil the answer right now: the choice of manual vs. electric toothbrush really depends on the individual patient. There have not been conclusive studies that indicate that electric toothbrushes necessarily work better than manual toothbrushes. But what they do accomplish is make it easier ...
Feel like your oral hygiene could use an extra boost? Whether you’re looking for an extra clean feeling in between brushings, trying to improve your cavity prevention, or hoping to avoid gingivitis, a mouthwash could be useful. But with the staggering number of rinses on the drugstore shelf, how can you possibly pick the one that will work best? First off - it’s best to check in with your dentist before making changes to your oral hygiene routine. But if you’d like a little mouth rinse primer before your next dental exam, we’ve put together some straightforward tips below. Find the dental health concern that fits, and see which rinse is typically recommended. Whether you use mouthwash or not, you’ll want to schedule an exam every six months to best prevent cavities and gum disease. Why not set yours up today? Do I Even Need to use a Mouthwash? Important to remember: mouthwash is not ...
It's the first question on your lips every time you consider a new dental treatment. How affordable is this going to be? Do you have room in your budget? Is it going to be months of scrimping and pinching to be able to make these payments? Would-be Invisalign patients are incredibly curious about the price tag - and with good reason. Unfortunately, there isn't any easy answer to how much alternative orthodontics is likely to cost. Straightening teeth is complicated business, and there are many factors at play in determining how much you'll need to spend to complete Invisalign. But there are a few things you can look over to see what you can expect with you meet with an Invisalign provider. We've put together details below on how you can anticipate Invisalign fees. Of course, there's no substitute for a free consultation with our provider, Dr. Kim Okamura. She will examine ...
You don’t want to deal with gum disease. Periodontal treatment can be stressful - and you’ll need to follow up with a concerted effort to improve your oral hygiene and adapt your lifestyle and habits. Plus, gum disease is more likely to return once you’ve already experienced it - so you could be on the run from disease for years to come. And gum disease’s impact doesn’t necessarily stop at your gumline. While no definitive studies have been released, more and more research is suggesting that gum disease could impact other serious health conditions. Now is the time to take another look at your periodontal health - and this first step is setting up your next exam. The early signs of gingivitis aren’t always noticeable at home, and it takes an expert eye to spot a problem. Another benefit of scheduling regular exams? The mouth-body connection doesn’t just flow in one direction ...
Find your hand creeping toward your mouth when you're stressed out or bored? Nail biting is a problem for people of all ages - and it could be wreaking havoc on your teeth. Simply put, your nails are made of tougher stuff than your teeth should be dealing with. And tooth damage isn't the only reason nail biting is advised against by your healthcare professionals. If you've been biting your nails for years, you know about the disadvantages - you've experienced them firsthand. But it can be incredibly difficult to drop the habit for good. Many nail biters have had the habit for decades, or even since they had teeth to bite with. That's not to say that quitting is impossible. With some of the tips below, you can start reducing your biting and better protecting both your nails and your teeth. Why is Biting Your Nails Bad for Your Teeth? Nails are made of ...